Match details

AC Milan 3 - 3 Liverpool

Penalty shootout: 2 - 3

Game date: Wednesday 25 May 2005 at 21:45 Stadium: Ataturk Stadium
Competition: Champions L. Final Attendance: 72,059
Half - time score: 3 - 0 Referee: Mejuto González ME ( Spain)
Manager: Rafa Benítez Opposition manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Opposition lineup

Dida, Cafú, Paolo Maldini, Jaap Stam, Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Kaká, Hernán Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko

Opposition goals

Paolo Maldini 1'
Hernán Crespo 39'
Hernán Crespo 44'

Opposition substitutions

Hernán Crespo out for Jon Dahl Tomasson 85'
Clarence Seedorf out for Serginho 85'
Gennaro Gattuso out for Rui Costa 112'

Penalty shootout

0 - 0 Serginho missed
Didi Hamann scored 1 - 0
1 - 0 Andrea Pirlo saved
Djibril Cissé scored 2 - 0
2 - 1 Jon Dahl Tomasson scored
John Arne Riise saved 2 - 1
2 - 2 Kaká scored
Vladimir Smicer scored 3 - 2
3 - 2 Andriy Shevchenko saved


- Xabi Alonso missed a penalty on 59'
- Average age of the Liverpool starting lineup: 26.89
- Average age of the AC Milan starting lineup: 30
- Alonso's penalty was saved by Milan goalkeeper Dida but he reacted quickly to drive the rebound into the roof of the net.

‘Honestly, years later I still can’t understand how we managed to lose that game,’ Kaka told Radio Cope in March 2016. ‘We had the best defenders in the world in that team. Our back four was Cafu, Jaap Stam, Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini but we still let in three goals in six minutes. Something amazing happened that can’t be explained.'

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